Maria Bordeanu_Sea waves I_oil on canvas_40cm_2022

Invasion 4, 2014, oil on canvas, 60×61 cm

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Maria Bordeanu was born in 1982 in Bucharest, Romania. In 2001, she graduated from the “Nicolae Tonitza” Art High School in Bucharest. She pursued her studies at the National University of Arts in Bucharest and graduated from the Painting Department in 2005. In 2007, she earned her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in Painting from the same university.
She has been represented by 418 Gallery (Cetate/Munich) since 2011. Maria currently resides and works in Stockholm.

“My work displays a strong preference for realistic imagery inspired by nature, personal photographs, movie frames. I always consider the painted result while I document a scene, it is like the process of reconstructing a memory and has a revealing character. I prefer oil on canvas for the sheer pleasure of working with it in successive layers, it has the best tactility for a great variety of subjects.
A large part of my practice is related to painting, and recent projects are inspired by mirrors and reflections. Lately, I’ve been delving further into the world of drawing, exploring water and the unique compositions it creates. Water is an element in continuous movement, like a reflection in a mirror, and its fluidity inspires each of us differently. It also complements a new mode of artistic expression, such as using pencil or pastel on paper. Moving waves are ephemeral points, and through these compositions I wanted to preserve a fragment of time, in a unique moment of the day.

The Swedish scenery and Stockholm have been significant sources of inspiration for me in creating artworks connected to nature. Here, one can feel a closer connection to nature, with water being a prominent feature of the landscape. This dynamic relationship between people and natural elements is a theme I’m currently exploring in my paintings.

Water serves as a reflective mirror and forms a backdrop for the scenery. A pathway consistently follows the waterfront, allowing people to experience it both from a distance and up close. The distinct seasonal changes play a substantial role in influencing people’s reactions to the environment, with the interplay of light being particularly noteworthy.
This brings me to my current project, where I’m concentrating on exploring reflections and interpreting everyday life and landscapes with minimal human presence. This urban-nature reflection captivates me, particularly the fluidity of water, transforming my work into canvases comprised solely of water shapes.” – Statement by the artist

In 2006, she was awarded the first prize at the Young Artists – Gala PRIMAVERA 2006 in Bucharest.
Since 2011, Maria Bordeanu’s works have been a part of the Art in Embassies Collection, U.S. Department of State.


Deconstructed Spaces
Carturesti Carusel, Bucharest

Artificial Habitat
Arthol2 Pavesiana, Bucharest

Final Scene
418 Gallery, Bucharest



Contemporary Drawing in Romania
Scemtovici & Benowitz Gallery, Bucharest

Arte Laguna Prize finalist, the 16th Edition
Arsenale, Venice

418GALLERY, Munich

418GALLERY, Munich

Other Worlds on Paper
418GALLERY, Munich

Young Artists, Young Friends | Accrochage 2
418GALLERY Munich

Young Artists, Young Friends | Accrochage 1
418GALLERY Munich


9 years of art & Romanian artists
418 Gallery, Bucharest


European Cuteness Art
Parliament Palace, Bucharest


Imago Mundi – L’Arte dell’Umanità
Treviso, Italy


Art Toronto International Fair
418 Gallery @ Art Toronto


Visual Arts Center, Bucharest


Fur & Skin
Art Yourself Gallery, Bucharest

Drafts and Open Windows
an Art in Embassies Collaboration and Cultural Exchange Project,
US Embassy, Bucharest

The Silk Exhibition: Presence, Affinity and Loss
LC Foundation, Bucharest

The OTHER Body
Victoria Art Center, Bucharest


Visual Arts Center, Bucharest


Zoom In
Artis Gallery TNB, Bucharest

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Transmissionen 3/ Transmisiuni III
Stuttgart (DE), Bucharest (RO)

Engravings and bibliophile book exhibition “V. Voiculescu – Prose”
BCU, Bucharest

Young Artists – Gala PRIMAVERA 2006
B.C.U., Bucharest


Painting exhibition
Atelier 35, Bucharest

Young Romanian Artists Diploma
TNB, Bucharest

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